Jump to content

Beckmann AG

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Beckmann AG last won the day on February 20

Beckmann AG had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

609 Excellent


About Beckmann AG

  • Rank
    Alpine Ace/Interpreter of Maladies

Contact Methods

  • Website URL


  • Location
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
  • Occupation?
    Person of interest/champion speler.
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    ...Ain't nobody's business but the Turks...
  • Current Boots Used?
    modified Lange Plug
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD1 top, TD2 base, proprietary middle

Recent Profile Visitors

2,863 profile views
  1. Perception is reality. Until it's not. As mentioned previously, isocline plates are filters that affect the inputs/feedback between rider and board. By cancelling errant inputs from the rider, they allow the board to do what it should be doing, which is to say, describing an arc in the snow without undue interruption. If a rider cannot provide dissonant torsional inputs to the topsheet of the board, or if those inputs are muted to the extent the time frame is sufficiently shifted, the board is better able to pursue it's destiny. That feels much smoother; and smoother requires explanation using what's 'known'. There's an interesting parallel between the effect of a plate, and the effect of proper bike fit, vis a vis the 'need' for most to ride full suspension mtn bikes . But that's another story for another day.
  2. In the Star Wars® Riglet® universe, does Greedo® scoot first? --- 'Kids having fun' is just deflection. I mean, who could object to that? The Riglet® program allows Burton to reduce differentiation between the activity and the brand without seeming sinister. Joe Camel getting his nose under the kids table, so to speak.
  3. But not exactly thriving. Failure to thrive can have one, or many causes. The Ngorongoro crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi).[5] Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 metres) high.[8][9] A side effect of this enclosure is that the population of Ngorongoro lions is significantly inbred, with many genetic problems passed from generation to generation. This is due to the very small amount of new bloodlines that enter the local gene pool, as very few migrating male lions enter the crater from the outside. Those who do enter the crater are often prevented from contributing to the gene pool by the crater's male lions, who, because of their large size (the result of an abundant and constant food source), easily expel any outside competitors.
  4. Where? What is your perception of pressure application? Front foot, rear foot, both feet? Does that mean you moved both out from a centralized location, or did you move both axles out and move the plate rearward? Being 'balanced on both feet' may well be imparting too much bend to the front end of the board. In general, if a board pivots or skids without you kicking it around, it's because you're bending it unevenly. Given that your boots have an underslung heel, and that the board is hyper to the heelside, the logical place to start is to tweak your offset. From the photos you look biased to the heel side.
  5. Deeluxe is using same/similar molds, but different liners. One of the chief benefits of the heat moldable liners in contemporary boots is the ability to get closer to a correct shell fit without modification. Odds are good that unless you sized your originals by removing the liner and shell fitting, they were sized one size too large to accommodate the extra liner bulk. The implication being that if you did not shell fit your originals, used a the Zip for a better fit, then ordered the same size for your new boots, your new boots are one size too large. Hopefully not.
  6. I think he's referring to footbeds made by someone other than myself. David, I'm usually at the mountain Mondays and Tuesdays, depending on my regular work schedule.
  7. Edited that post to include links to the 'titles' in question. Apollogies for any confusion.
  8. Sounds like your shells are too large. My main shop is near Sugarloaf, my satellite shop is near UNH. Or maybe it's vice-versa.
  9. I'd have thought it reasonably clear that I was referring to the operating principles behind cars and snowboards, et al, not the oft-competing design challenges posed by market forces, regulation, materials, integration of new technology, etc. The latter being another topic entirely. From Wikipedia: "A straw man is a form of argument and an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent." E.G., "There are numerous paradigm shifts still ongoing. See Madd 158, metal boards, Kessler sidecut/decamber, Donek Secret construction, Thirst sidecut/construction, etc." These are not paradigm shifts, but distractions from the original discussion. The focus of my earlier statements had to do with handling, how handling can be affected by attention to detail. If one understands systems, one is in a better place to affect those systems. A system in one context can be understood by studying a similar system in another context. E.g., Engine output is governed by a data map and feedback system. Your ability to ride is governed by a data map and feedback system. Including or excluding considerations from the programming will influence range and potential.
  10. Edited the above for clarity. --- If the reversed 80/20 isn't known or assumed, it should be. Warren Witherell proposed the reversed 80/20 in either ‘How the Racists Ski’, or ‘The Apathetic Skier’. Probably the latter. Though I disagree with some of his findings pertaining to canting, heel lift and knee position, I’ve found his 80/20 proposition to be fairly solid in practice, assuming one uses it as a guiding principle, rather than an absolute goal. Worth noting that sometimes the last 20% change for 80% gain isn’t a change to the equipment, it’s a change in how you choose to view a particular situation. Also worth noting that as handling is affected by ‘alignment’ on both platforms, and that both platforms can be operated with sub optimal ‘alignment’, the car analogy is not a ‘straw man’. Further, neither cars nor snowboards are complicated once you take the time to understand their workings. Persisting with that mindset is limiting. The system that regulates equilibrium is sensitive to finer increments of change. However, within the context of hardboots, it's not worth pursuing. It's that 'point of diminished return' thing, directly related to the other materials contained within the boot construct. Point being, if you recognize the limitations of the system (and the individual parts of that system), and tune to the 'best possible' resolution, you get some interesting results. If you don't care to do that, understand that you may never reach your athletic potential.
  11. "...Nay, it is; I know not "seems." --W.S.:H Lowering the rear binding angle will magnify the leveraging inputs from your rear boot. The greater magnitude has to fit through a smaller aperture with respect to time, which means your timing has to be more precise. As it it, you're late, and therefore have to cheat the remainder of the turn initiation with minor drift/skid. So the board can't 'lock in' as it does to the heel side. In the short term, soften the flex on the rear boot, and come in earlier than you think possible with that knee/foot combination.
  12. It is. And just as arbitrary as centering ones bindings on the insert pattern and assuming the job is complete. Geometry is, however, a start and point of reference. “Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it” ― Flannery O' Connor, Wise Blood ( Also useful as a guiding principle toward how one moves over snow.) It can, and will. However, it's better when the process of riding is the process of equilibrium, rather than the two being separate goals. You can certainly operate your car with a partially deflated tire on one corner, if expediency demands, but you wouldn't do so on purpose. Why would you, should you do any differently on a snowboard?
  13. Hard to see the game when you're on the tailgate, not in the ballpark. Consider that your particular frame might require a net boot board angle of +2 front, and +8 rear. Your boots have a built in angle of 10, and the shells have only so much range before they lock up. In order to stand comfortably at rest, you'll have to set your binding toe and heel lift to resolve cuff interference, which mitigates front foot ramp, but increases rear foot ramp. Given the nature of the inclined plane, your weight distribution will always be skewed, which means you're spending significant time reacting, rather than riding. This effect being more dramatic as the incline increases. Sound familiar? A classmate skied XC at Nagano. I asked what most of the athletes were using for foot support. "Not much" he said. Realized it's not so much that top athletes become top athletes by tuning their interface, it's that their conformation doesn't require much tuning, which allows them to become top athletes. The rest of us walk a 'rougher' path. Another friend ( Shocker! I have more than one) recently did a study correlating amount of pronation to instructor certification level at a major western resort. No surprise; inverse relationship.
  14. Understandable. However, the 80/20 rule as applied to alpine skiing and snowboarding runs in reverse, whereby the first 80% change (removal of 80% equipment related obstacles) allows the athlete to discover/uncover the first 20% of their potential. That 20% gain opens the door for further athletic insight, which spurs the iterative process toward the 80% gain. One thing to remember is that a gliding board is 'live' and responds to whatever inputs you provide. Intentional or otherwise. If you don't take the time to resolve that first 80% of equipment configuration, it's a fine line between you riding the board, and the board riding you. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Consider that: The sidecut and flex pattern determine the general displacement capacity of the board with regard to time, in which case they're reflective of HP and torque. The boot (shell and liner) is the cockpit, which explains how an accomplished rider can function in a boot a little too large or too small, just as a good driver can make do from one car to the next. In each case the control surfaces might not be 'comfortable' to the rider/driver, but the locations and functions are generally familiar across platforms, so it's largely a matter of adjusting 'reach', timing and magnitude of input. Front binding offset and setback are analogous to toe and caster angle. Offset to one side, and the board will be more responsive in that direction, as though your wheels were toed-out. The board/car will tend to track toward whichever side has more 'bite'. This will be particularly noticeable on tricky/inconsistent surfaces, where the operator will be constantly acting/reacting to inconsistency. Similarly, if you have too much or too little setback, the board will either resist turning, or be hyper/nervous. If you take the time to 'tune' the analogous front end on a snowboard, you get to spend more time exploring/manipulating the handling characteristics, and less time compensating. I've driven cars that were way out of alignment, aligned professionally 'within range', and then aligned that same vehicle myself to the exact specification. That last tenth takes some time, which is why most don't go there. The most obvious and immediate gain is a reduction in driver fatigue. I concur that 'range at rest' is a valid starting point, but it's only a start. Once in motion that range can and will be affected by board backfeed, whether you realize it or not. This is one of the reasons why a softbooter might demonstrate knee flexion at rest, but cannot do the same while riding. Similarly, why the majority of hardbooters spend so much time in a flexed, muscular posture, rather than a stacked, structural posture. Lift, cant, offset, setback, stance width, boot flex etc. all effect what the board 'sees' from the rider. What the board sees determines how the board reacts, and how the board reacts determines rider movement options. Given that you can't 'step off' while in motion, the primary goal of comprehensive boot binding configuration is to reduce, as much as possible, biased/unintentional inputs. The more sensitive the chassis, the finer the resolution required.
  • Create New...